This opening game of the season was played at Berrow against a team that narrowly missed out on promotion last season and showed that they will again be contenders again this season with a settled squad and familiarity in their style of play evident in their performance.
Wrington Redhill fielded a team containing two new signings in Si Hewish and Ben Sheppard and both contributed in positive debuts for the Club. Also there was a welcome back to Callum Vickery sadly missed for a lengthy period last season due to injury. When all three settle in the overall performance will improve and there are other players who will become available in the next week or two to strengthen the squad.
The first half saw Wrington Redhill face fierce gales and driving showers and despite the conditions looked to play a passing game and at times caused the home side problems but their finishing in front of goal let them down. Uphill Castle scored twice within the first half hour with both goals coming from the inability to clear high balls into the box. However approaching half time Leigh White’s free kick was headed on by Ethan Williams to Tom Johnson who shot straight at the ‘keeper’ Josh Skuse and moments later Johnson shot just past a post.
Wrington Redhill started the 2nd half very strongly and put the home team under great pressure without creating any good chances but they defended very well but eventually further goals were conceded mainly from quick counter attacks and clinical finishing. Wrington Redhill were awarded a late penalty when Ethan Johnson’s run at a corner was crudely blocked and Ethan Williams confidently slotted home past Skuse with a final score line of 5-1 to the home side.
The scorers for Uphill Castle were Will Sneddon-Coombes (3), Sam Beresford and Adam Filer.
GK, Matt Hill
Defence: Si Hewish, Ethan Johnson, Chris Bradley, Ollie Clements
Midfield: Joe Creese, Leigh White, Ben Sheppard, Callum VickeryForwards: Ethan Williams, Tom Johnson
Subs: Callum Briggs (for Chris Bradley), Adam Caulfield (for Leigh White), Jake Horton (for Tom Johnson)